Confessions of a SkinCare Expert: What's Inside My Medicine Cabinet?

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Confessions Of A Skincare Expert: What's Inside Dr Lara Devgan MD's Beauty Cabinet?

By Georgia Gould on November 24, 2015

Ever wondered what skincare solutions top derms, plastic surgeons and doctors count as some of their personal favorites? Us too. Which is why we asked Dr Lara Devan, MD, a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York City and diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, to fill us in on some of her at-home beauty must-haves.

As a woman and plastic surgeon (who has many of the same concerns as my patients about getting older and looking good), I'm frequently asked about my beauty routine. So, here's a sneak peak at the ten beauty products I couldn't live without...

1. Dr Devgan Scientific Beauty Platinum Triple Glow

The one product I absolutely couldn't live without is this prescription-strength retinol, brightening and anti-inflammatory cream. It takes about two months for Platinum Triple Glow to really set in, but once it does, you can say goodbye to fine lines, melasma, and dull skin. Yes, this product's from my own self-titled line, but that's because I spent over a decade formulating the blend of products that would most effectively smooth out wrinkles, even out dark spots and and give the skin a baby-soft glow. 

2. Latisse

I love Latisse, the prescription-only lash serum that helps your eyelashes grow longer, thicker and darker. I use it religiously and love the way my eyelashes are lustrous and long even without a speck of mascara.

3. Diorshow By Dior Mascara

This mascara was recommended to me by a very talented makeup artist years ago, and it's been my favorite ever since. I prefer to avoid long and complicated beauty routines, so for me, a swipe of mascara is ideal. Dior Show darkens, defines and elongates all-at-once, and in combination with Latisse, it's unbeatable.

4. Argan Oil

Argan oil has been used for centuries as a restorative natural oil. It holds in moisture and gives a lustrous shine to the hair and skin. I like keeping my hair long, so I use it once or twice a week to keep my locks youthful and shiny.

5. PCA Skin Acne Cream


Although I don't break out often, it's important to have a reliable acne product on hand for those occasions when your complexion is marred by an unwanted pimple or blackhead. And this is mine. With 5 percent liquid benzoyl peroxide , it's the perfect treatment for dotting directly on troublesome spots.

6. Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss in Black Honey

While heavy, matte lipsticks are great for special occasions, I always think a semi-translucent lipgloss is far more youthful. At the moment, my favorite is Clinique Black Honey, which has just enough color to bring out the berry tone of the lips, and just enough translucency to let the lips shine and look natural.

7. Dr. Devgan Scientific Beauty Platinum SPF 45 Daily Tinted BB Cream


My other favorite product from my line is this BB cream. As a makeup minimalist who still wants to look put-together every day, this product is my go-to every morning. Not only does it contain a gentle moisturizer that won't clog pores, but it also contains a titanium-based SPF of 45, and a natural tint that blends with every skin tone.

9. Colorescience Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen Brush SPF 50

On days when I know I'm going to be outside for a prolonged period of time, I always add a mineral powder sunscreen on top of my BB cream. This one brushes on easily, stays put for hours, and provides excellent sun protection without making your skin look caked in makeup.

8. Obagi Medical Biafine Topical Emulsion

Although I do my best never to damage my skin, sunburn, scratches and scrapes are inevitable sometimes. That's why I always keep a soothing ointment like Obagi Biafine Topical Emulsion on hand. It's a great option to soothe and protect wounds, abrasions, ulcers, burns, sunburn and dermatitis.

10. Chanel No. 5

The sense of smell is one of the most important and underappreciated parts of human existence. Although perfume is sometimes brushed aside as non-essential, I find a few spritzes of a classic scent to be an incredibly powerful influencer of my overall mood. My favorites include: Chanel No. 5, Truth by Calvin Klein, and L'Eau d'Issey by Issey Miyake.